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Blog Archive for April, 2015

Happy Anniversary to Nova!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: April 28, 2015

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We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 9-year anniversary of our Warranty Manager, Nova Taylor! Not only is she a dedicated leader to our warranty department, but she’s fully committed to going above and beyond to keep our homeowners happy. Congratulations, Nova, we look forward to celebrating many more years with you on our Providence Homes team.

Jacksonville Rank’s 10 in Top Energy Star Cities!

Categories: Energy Star, Providence News | Posted: April 24, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 3.56.30 PMLast week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its seventh-annual list of the U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014 and the city of Jacksonville ranks 10th among Mid-Size Cities nationally. The EPA’s Energy Star Top Cities list shows how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as an effective way to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change.Energy Star buildings and plants are America’s energy all-stars – they save more, use less and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Cities across the country are saving billions every year through partnering with our Energy Star program and increasing energy efficiency, while doing their part to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “This is the type of leadership we need from city leaders and building owners who are demonstrating that increasing energy efficiency strengthens local economies, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps preserve a healthy planet for future generations.”

More than 25,000 buildings across America have earned EPA’s Energy Star certification since 1999. The buildings have saved nearly $3.4 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the emissions from the annual electricity use of nearly 2.4 million homes.

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Energy Star certified buildings are verified to perform better than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide, and they use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings. Many common building types can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

The program starts with tools to help building owners or managers understand how their buildings are currently performing and what to aim for in terms of improvements. A typical upgrade includes the following: tuning up the building systems; reducing lighting loads; reducing supplemental loads (e.g., equipment, wasteful behaviors, leaky windows, poor insulation, etc.); improving air distribution systems; and making upgrades to heating and cooling equipment. The stages, when followed in order, account for the interactions between different building systems. For example, replacing heat-producing incandescent bulbs with cool CFLs or LEDs will mean that a building’s air conditioner won’t have to work as hard in the summer months, so a building may be able to downsize its cooling system based on the new lighting’s heat output. Another benefit of the five-stage approach is that it ensures the lowest-cost measures are tackled first. As organizations progress through the five stages, they can roll their cost savings into larger and larger investments, culminating in the last, most expensive stage. By the time organizations start making upgrades to heating and cooling equipment, they typically have already amassed substantial cost savings from previous lower-cost improvements.

To create the annual top cities list, EPA tallies the number of Energy Star certified buildings for the end of the previous year within each metropolitan area, as defined by the U.S. Census. These areas include the city itself as well as surrounding towns and suburbs.

Energy Star is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to EPA’s Energy Star program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Behind each blue label is a product, building, or home that is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, Energy Star is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.

Happy Anniversary Erik!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: April 24, 2015

photo2-700x1049We’re wishing a very happy 6-year anniversary to Erik Head, Sales Associate at Nocatee! His great attitude, communication, and knowledge of the industry have made Erik a customer and Realtor favorite. His contributions to the Providence Homes family have been one of a kind and he is always striving to give his best. We couldn’t be more proud to have him on our team! Thank your for all that you do!

Celebrating Mike’s 2nd Year!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: April 16, 2015

Mikes-PicCongratulations to Mike Paschall, Sales Associate at Yellow Bluff Landing on his 2nd anniversary with Providence Realty. Mike has quickly become a favorite over the past 2 years with our customers, Realtors, homeowners and coworkers alike. We are so proud to have Mike as part of our family and look forward to celebrating many more successes in the years to come. 

Providence Homes Celebrates Building 700 ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes!

Categories: Energy Star, Providence News | Posted: April 15, 2015

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Providence Homes has reached another important milestone by building 700 new homes that have earned the EPA’s 100% ENERGY STAR® Certification. To earn the ENERGY STAR® blue label, every Providence home must now meet the stringent ENERGY STAR® Version 3.0 (3.1 for Florida) guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Providence Homes is the largest locally owned 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified home builder in the Jacksonville area.

In recognition of this unwavering commitment to building 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes, Providence recently received the 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award – New Home Construction category from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes its outstanding efforts to bring more energy-efficient homes to the Jacksonville marketplace through its actions.

Providence Homes has also received the ENERGY STAR for Homes Leadership in Housing and Certified Market Leader by the EPA in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. ENERGY STAR presents this award annually to who have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection during the previous year. And Providence Homes stands by their claims to building 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified homes by offering an unprecedented guarantee that every home they build will be 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified or they’ll pay the homeowner $5,000.

Additionally, as a Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET®) Energy Smart Builder, Providence Homes is committed to having all of its homes energy rated following RESNET’s stringent standards, too. A copy of every Providence Model Home HERS Index score is displayed in all model home sales centers and notes important information such as monthly estimated energy costs. All ratings displayed are “As-Built” ratings, as opposed to “As-Designed” ratings. “As-Built” ratings are a requirement for a home to receive the ENERGY STAR® Label.

About Providence Homes

When Bill Cellar founded Providence Homes as a one-man, home-based operation in 1992, he did so with a personal pledge to make a difference in the industry. He was committed to building beautifully designed homes at affordable prices, and to building every home with the same attention to detail and reliability he would with his own home.

About ENERGY STAR®

ENERGY STAR® was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than two billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

ENERGY STAR certified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water heating; in fact, homeowners who buy ENERGY STAR certified homes can expect up to 30 percent less energy costs than a typical new home. Americans living in ENERGY STAR certified homes have saved more than $4 billion on their energy bills with more than 1.5 million American families now living in ENERGY STAR certified homes.

ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders.

For more information about ENERGY STAR®, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Happy Anniversary Gen!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: April 9, 2015

Gen-ODell-300x375A special congratulations to Gen O’Dell, Sales Associate at Yellow Bluff Landing.  We’re celebrating Gen’s 13 year anniversary with our team!  Her contribution to the Providence Homes family has been one of a kind.  She’s wonderful with customers, homeowners and coworkers alike.  We’re happy to have had Gen part of the family for 13 years now and can’t wait to celebrate more years to come!

Providence Homes Awarded Energy Star Partner of the Year!

Categories: Energy Star, Providence News | Posted: April 7, 2015

AWD_POY2015lgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Providence Homes as a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – New Home Construction for its outstanding efforts to bring more energy-efficient homes to market through its actions. Providence Homes’ accomplishments will be recognized in Washington D.C on April 20, 2015.

Providence Homes, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2009, is being honored for its work in building homes built to ENERGY STAR standards for greater energy efficiency. Since 2009 Providence Homes has built more than 700 ENERGY STAR Certified Homes for families’ right here in the Jacksonville marketplace. Providence Homes has also received the ENERGY STAR for Homes Leadership in Housing and Certified Market Leader by the EPA in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. ENERGY STAR presents this award annually to outstanding partners who have made important contributions to energy-efficient construction and environmental protection during the previous year.

ENERGY STAR certified homes use substantially less energy for heating, cooling, and water; in fact homeowners who buy ENERGY STAR certified homes can expect up to 30 percent less energy costs than a typical new home. Americans living an ENERGY STAR certified homes saved more than $ billion on their energy costs since 1995, while more than 1.5 million American families now live in ENERGY STAR certified homes.

For a complete list of 2015 winners and information, and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.

Providence Homes is Jacksonville, Florida’s hometown builder. As one of the area’s largest locally owned home builders, we are committed to building beautifully designed, 100% Energy Star certified homes at an affordable price. No matter which neighborhood you choose in Clay, Duval, or St. Johns County, Providence Homes has been a name families can trust as a Jacksonville new home builder for more than 20 years. Visit providencehomesinc.com for more information.

The Lafayette Model Home at Greenleaf Lakes in Nocatee

Categories: Providence News, Quick Move-In Homes | Posted: April 1, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 5.41.46 PMProvidence Homes is excited to announce The Lafayette Model Home at Greenleaf Lakes in Nocatee received an incredible HERS Index Rating of 53 with an estimated $117.00 per month electric bill rating for 3,049 square feet of living space. This 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified Home is rated to be 38% more energy efficient than a new 2015 code built home, with an estimated annual savings of over $900! Copies of the HERS Index Rating & ENERGY STAR® Certificate are available at the Lafayette Model Home in Greenleaf Lakes. All ratings are “As-Built” ratings, as opposed to “As-Designed” ratings. “As-Built” ratings are a requirement for a home to receive the ENERGY STAR® Label.

This spacious 3,049 square foot, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath model home offers plenty of options for the entire family. The 1st floor features a spacious owner suite w/ sitting room, study, formal dining, kitchen/café, and family room and covered patio. The 2nd floor features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a Screen Shot 2015-04-01 at 5.41.22 PMspacious private loft for the family. The Lafayette also features a 3-car garage. Interior appointments include hardwood flooring and ceramic tile in the main living areas, quartz kitchen countertops, gourmet kitchen package, stainless steel appliances, crown molding, triple sliding glass doors, oversized covered patio and more.

The Lafayette Model Home was built with the latest in technology through the use of open cell foam insulation which helps keep the attic within 6-8 degrees of the indoor temperature year-round for added comfort. This means the air conditioning system works less, since all of the ducts are located in a conditioned space, providing you with a cleaner, healthier, more energy efficient home. In recognition to our commitment to building homes with the latest technology, third-party testing and third party certification, Providence Homes has received the ENERGY STAR® for Homes Leadership in Housing and Certified Market Leader award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014.

For more information about The Lafayette Model Home at Greenleaf Lakes in Nocatee contact Melissa Matthews at 904-337-5236.